Scope and Contents note
Title: Jack Adelbert Killalee papers
Date (inclusive): 1927-1958
Collection Number: 2014C36
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material:
4 manuscript boxes
(1.6 Linear Feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, diaries, memoranda, reports, notes, personal documents, and photographs, relating to American technical assistance
to Turkey and to highway construction in Turkey, Lebanon, and elsewhere.
Killalee, Jack Adelbert, 1899-1957
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives.
The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual
or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.
Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2014.
[Identification of item], Jack Adelbert Killalee papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives
||Born, San Francisco, California
||U.S. Army service
||B.S., University of California, Berkeley
||Highway engineer, U.S. Bureau of Public Roads
||Alcan (Alaska-Canada) Highway construction engineer
||Assistant division engineer, U.S. Public Roads Administration Group, Turkey
||Consulting engineer, Tippetts-Abbett-McCarthy-Stratton Company, Lebanon
||Died, Burlingame, California
Scope and Contents note
The career of Jack A. Killalee as a United States government highway engineer was notable for its international dimension.
After many years of activity in planning and constructing highways in the United States, he took part in an early Marshall
Plan project to build highways in Turkey from 1947 to 1950. This was an instance of the far-flung work of the U.S. Economic
Cooperation Administration in aiding in post-World War II reconstruction and development in many countries. After retiring
from the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads in 1955, Killalee returned to the Middle East as a consulting engineer with the Tippetts-Abbett-McCarthy-Stratton
Company, which was employed under a U.S. Foreign Operations Administration contract to plan and build a highway from Beirut,
Lebanon, to Damascus, Syria. He was also involved with proposals for further highway construction in Jordan.
While the collection is small, it provides representative documentation of American international assistance and of the practicalities
of life for Americans engaged in such assistance abroad. Many photographs of highway work are incorporated in textual reports
in the collection.
Killalee maintained a permanent residence in Burlingame, California, and his papers were deposited with the Burlingame Historical
Society after his death. The Hoover Institution received those of his papers focusing on his international work from the Burlingame
Historical Society in 2014. Other Killalee papers remain with the society.
Jack A. Killalee papers, Burlingame Historical Society, Burlingame, California
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Technical assistance, American
Roads -- Turkey
Roads -- Lebanon
United States. Bureau of Public Roads